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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Hampton Roads Publishing (June 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1571743014
  • ISBN-13: 978-1571743015
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #969,329 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A middle-aged, Midwestern college professor who had never meditated, done yoga or even had a massage when her transmutation began, Walters (Marrow of Flame: Poems of the Spiritual Journey) proves in this personal narrative that the esoteric spiritual transformation of Kundalini is theoretically available to everyone. Enigmatic, ecstatic kundalini is the "snake" coiled at the base of the spine that winds upward, awakening all in its path, culminating in an explosion of the divine. Walters's journal-based story spans years to chronicle a sublime ecstasy and pain as she strove to balance the kundalini intensities in her body and psyche. Although the varying voices of the journal format detract from the effort, Walters generally gracefully untangles and illuminates an intensely personal and highly individual spiritual passage, an effort praised by prolific author Andrew Harvey, who wrote the introduction. Walters's journey began while she was focusing meditatively on an image of Hinduism's Shiva and Shakti in union. "Almost instantaneously, I felt a great surge of ecstatic energy in the lower chakras and then, within seconds, this intense force rushed upward and into my head. My very crown seemed to open in rapture, and for many minutes, I felt the energies of the unseen immensity flow in, as if petal after radiant petal were unfolding in my crown." Thus electrified and propelled to a new depth, Walters has created a worthy, probing memoir, useful for anyone seeking a firsthand account of " `God moving through your body.' Each visitation... a moment of holy embrace."
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It's hard to put into words how helpful I found this book to be.
Patricia Lay Dorsey
Dorothy Walter's book is a beautiful, honest, and unpretentious description of the transformative process of kundalini awakening.
Ivan M. Granger from the Poetry Chaikhana
What makes Dr. Walter's book so helpful and inspiring is her approach, which is very honest and down to Earth.
Claire Libby

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Patricia Lay Dorsey on November 4, 2006
Format: Paperback
It's hard to put into words how helpful I found this book to be. Dorothy Walter's way of describing her personal kundalini awakening makes this often nebulous phenonmenon accessible and understandable to novices and experienced practitioners alike. Too often such mystical experiences are presented in ways that tend to make one feel these are mountain-top moments not meant for the so-called average person. I mean we aren't all Ram Dass or St. John of the Cross or some guru living in an ashram in India. We are folks who go to work, clean our homes, raise our children, shop in grocery stores, drive cars on the freeway, get angry when someone tailgates us too close. I mean, we're simply human.

Well, Dorothy Walters is human too, yet she has experienced the highest form of spiritual arousal not once, not twice, but on a regular basis for decades. It happens when she slows down, tunes out and quiets herself. That makes sense. Everything she says makes sense.

Of all the many--countless, actually--spiritual books I've read, "Unmasking the Rose" comes the closest to the Truth. The truth that spiritual experiences are not for the already-enlightened, but for everyone. Everyone who is willing to open that door and walk through it, that is. Not that we will all experience kundalini in either its blissful or painful aspects, but that we all have the POTENTIAL to do so.

I thank Dorothy Walters for telling her story so we will have the courage to LIVE our stories, wherever they might lead us.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Evelyn Uyemura VINE VOICE on May 20, 2004
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Unmasking the Rose is compiled from Dorothy Walters' private journals over the past 25 years or so, during which time she experienced a spontaneous awakening of an energy she barely understood: kundalini. Her book has both the strengths and the drawbacks of this method. On the one hand, we follow along with her as she gradually tries to cope with and make sense of what is happening to her. On the other hand, the journal entries are not dated, and the connecting narrative sometimes makes it a little unclear how much time has passed or what is going on outside the inner self. The introduction and the concluding chapter, writtem in a more direct style for publication, help to frame the middle chapters and give them more clarity.
As a Christian who is drawn to the mystical, I felt I needed to be introduced to kundalini. Walters certainly gives me a lot to think about. Her experience is primarily one of bliss. She attempts to describe as openly as she can her actual experience, and I am left with the understanding that kundalini feels like sexual pleasure transmuted so that it pervades the entire being. It occurs in the head, not as mental images, but as actual sensation.
I am attracted to her insistence that the path to awakening is not out of the body but in more fully uniting body and spirit. This, in my opinion (though not in hers), is in fact what Christianity actually indicates. She also speaks of the fact that the image of Christ on the cross is the final image that will occur to a Christian being awakened. The lives of the Catholic saints certainly confirms that fact.
On the other hand, the fact that Walters is a lesbian, dabbled in the occult, and uses primarily Hindu imagery in her explanations, challenges me.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ivan M. Granger from the Poetry Chaikhana on November 7, 2006
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Dorothy Walter's book is a beautiful, honest, and unpretentious description of the transformative process of kundalini awakening. This isn't a story of Himalayan caves or remote monasteries; Dorothy Walters presents herself as she is: a university professor who leads a relatively quiet life. She strives, sometimes struggles, to balance the mundane details of life with this deep spiritual opening. And she describes it honestly, day-to-day, largely free from the technical jargon of many spiritual books. This book is so profound precisely because hers is a life you or I could be leading. Fascinating reading!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By David Baum on November 26, 2002
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Frankly I was stunned. I knew nothing about Kundalini, and little about ecstatic experiences, but after finishing Dorthy Walter's "Unmasking the Rose" I was both enlivened, educated and inspired. This book is a MUST for anyone asking the question, "Is it ever too late to connect with God?" Dorothy Walters teaches us not only that connection is only a breath away, but how, through her own remarkable journey your own path may be created. Finally, books of this kind can frequently be thick and inaccessible. I found Ms. Walters writing to be both "friendly" and a joy to read. What more could I ask?
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Kundalini reader on July 8, 2002
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I am so overwhelmed that I will be short in my praise : This book should be handed out free; It is simply a masterpiece of spirituality>Ms Walters shares with us her struggles to understand the amazing process taking place within her 'regular' life and the revolutionary leap it creates;
We all have to learn from Dorothy Walters; May God bless her and her superb work.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth M. Reninger on November 6, 2006
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In "Unmasking The Rose," Dorothy Walters has indeed given us a gem - a modern-day spiritual classic that describes, in all of its subtle and shattering detail, the process of Kundalini Awakening as it occurred within her "own" bodymind. Like so much great mystical writing, "Unmasking The Rose" is both deeply personal and transcendent; It describes not only the events in the life of a 53-year-old American woman, but also an evolutionary process unfolding now, for all of humanity. If you appreciate accounts of rapidly-expanding consciousness, spiritual awakening within the energetic matrix of the body, or just how life can present us with the most unexpected and delicious gifts ... then I highly recommend picking up a copy of "Unmasking The Rose." It is a treasure not to be missed!
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